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The central themes of this network initiative relate to the physical, The network has been organised to provide training for young postdoctoral mechanistic and kinetic properties of transformations in minerals. Such workers, who will spend time in different laboratories learning new techniques and applying them to their individual research projects. transformations occur between mineral phases when one mineral transforms into another under the effect of pressure and/or temperature. Emphasis will be placed predominantly on providing hands-on experience of advanced equipment available within the network. Geoscientists will benefit Alternatively, transformations are more subtle structural effects in which atoms order inside a host mineral, or where the mineral distorts, cracks, particularly from close contacts with physical scientists, while those with a more physical sciences background will learn about processes that occur becomes amorphous due to changes of thermodynamic conditions, radiation effects, etc. An interdisciplinary effort, involving eight teams from seven under geological conditions. The provision of these training opportunities institutions, is proposed. While addressing essentially earth sciences is especially timely in the light of recent progress both in experimental problems of mineral stability, microstructure development, elasticity, techniques and in the theoretical basis for data analysis.
cation ordering, solid solution formation and exsolution, transport properties, premelting phenomena and radiation damage in minerals, the network is designed to take maximum advantage of collaboration with physicists and materials scientists. A modern approach to the solid state properties of earth materials requires a range of experimental equipment which could not be assembled in a single institution. The combination of techniques within the network would generate a unique opportunity for a coordinated European advance in this field. Because the physical processes of principal significance occur both in natural minerals and technological materials, there will also be collaboration with industry.

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University of Cambridge
Downing street
CB2 3EQ Cambridge
United Kingdom

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